A loan of $4,375 helped a member to buy beauty products and cosmetics.

Las Amigas Group's story

The "Las Amigas" group is made up of five women who live in a very quiet community where the region's typical traditions are still preserved, such as their native language, and their patron saints' festivals, etc. They chose the name of the group because of the great friendship that exists between them. Their friendship is very valuable. Felipa, the group's representative, is 42. She has been married to Jose Eduardo for 25 years, and together they have three children, who are in school. Felipa has worked selling beauty products out of a catalogue for 12 years. She says that she started this activity because she was invited to sell catalogue beauty products. She offered her beauty products to her friends, neighbors, and relatives. She liked this a lot because she had a lot of customers. "At first, I did not like it, because I did not trust people, but over time, I have made many friends. I've kept selling because there are also prizes when one reaches a goal." After a long time, Felipa is now the leader of a group of people who also work selling beauty products out of a catalogue. For Felipa, this is a very comfortable job, because it does not require a lot of time. She can offer her catalogues while she does other things, like look after her children. The members of the group are very glad for the opportunity to get a loan funded by people from different countries, because it will be very helpful for their businesses. Tomasa will invest in a flower shop, Adelina in raising piglets, Alicia in her beauty shop, and Susana in raising sheep.

In this group: Felipa, Tomasa, Adelina, Alicia, Susana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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